Lucas Nix

NFL draft preview: Guards

NFL draft preview: Guards

Fifth in a series exploring the April 26-28 NFL draft. Next: Tight ends.

Waistlines aside, this is a thin class of guard. It is possible no guard will be selected in the first round, and only two in the first 64 picks. On the third day of the draft (rounds four through seven), guards will start coming off the board as teams try to find developmental prospects.

The best

1. David DeCastro, Stanford, 6-5, 316:

He is big, tough and physical. The underclassmen is a better run blocking than in pass protection. He locks on to defenders and sustains his blocks. DeCastro is a no-nonsense player who has top intangibles and...